Feature: Six Months Later Our Girls Haven’t Been Brought Back
The following piece is from For Harriet. It was written by Ogechi Emechebe
By: Ogechi Emechebe
- As baffling as it sounds, the exact number of girls missing is still unknown. Sources claim it ranges from 276 to 300, with some even reporting it may be more.
- 57 girls managed to escape within the first few days, but none have been rescued since then.
- Other countries that offered their assistance made little progress. The U.S. sent 80 troops in late May but six weeks later made an announcement that they don’t have a better idea today where the girls are than before
- The village of Chibok and neighboring areas have been attacked numerous times, with parts burned down and civilians violently killed. More than 2,600 people are reported to have been killed by Boko Haram since April 14, according to data provided by the Council on Foreign Relations
- At least 11 parents of the kidnapped girls have died. According to a report by the Huffington Post, seven fathers of the abducted girls were among 51 bodies that were brought to the Chibok hospital after an attack at a nearby village. At least four other parents died of heart failure, high blood pressure, trauma and other illnesses. One father, who had two of his daughters kidnapped, was reported to have went into a trance-like coma while repeating his daughters names until he died.
- A deal was supposedly made to free the girls but it fell apart three different times in one month.
The conversations, media coverage and hashtags have faded out and it’ll only be a matter of time before we leave these girls to fight a battle they can’t win without our attention and help. It has been six months since they were viciously snatched from their school and families.183 days since their parents last saw or heard of them. 4,392 hours of agony, brutality and the uncertainty of what tomorrow brings. And 11 parents who died of a broken heart.
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